Apart from its romanticization in The West Wing, political speechwriting in the United States gets little public attention. The ghost writers responsible for some of the most widely quoted political speeches in history are, perhaps deliberately, overlooked in the political process. The lack of attention paid to speechwriters —while unsurprising — is significant, especially given the vital role their writing plays in shaping the […]

BPR is covering the lecture by Ambassador Chas Freeman on the ability of America to shape international politics, and how that has changed since the Cold War.Ambassador Freeman is a senior fellow at Brown University’s Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs. He was Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Affairs from 1993-94, earning […]

For a generation that has been disappointed one too many times by the promise of participatory democracy to anticipate any real change, elections of real consequence can be quite startling. That is why the results of Turkey’s general elections on Sunday, June 7 left the entire country, and especially Turkish youth, simply startled.As counting came […]

Despite widespread conversations on racial identity and discrimination on college campuses, one particular struggle students face often fails to enter the discourse: the unique experiences of first-generation students. This, however, is starting to change. On campuses across the country, there are increasing efforts to reach out to first-generation students in order to make the transition […]

  Computer science (CS) is the most popular major at Stanford University, yet female students make up only 12 percent of the program. It is hardly news that women are underrepresented in all STEM fields, computer science included. But the relatively high number of young women in introductory classes shows that the problem is not […]

What do George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln, Alexander Hamilton, Andrew Jackson, Ulysses S. Grant, Benjamin Franklin, and Franklin D. Roosevelt have in common? They are all founding fathers or former presidents; they are all featured on U.S. currency; and they are all white men.Changing the latter point is the goal of Women On 20s, […]

Two years ago, the United States and the European Union made headlines by announcing new projects to advance the field of neuroscience and offer a comprehensive understanding of the human brain. Like previous government-funded science megaprojects­ — projects that led to major breakthroughs such as atomic bombs, space travel and a map of the human […]